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Disembodiment, Embodiment, and Re-Embodiment

Disembodiment, Embodiment, and Re-Embodiment

Jesus experienced very real, human needs of hunger and thirst. Food was central to Jesuss ministry to both those in power – the teachers of the law – and also those on the margins – poor, widowed, orphan, women, etc. The temporal reality of hunger – whether experienced by those on the margin or those... Read more

Mike Pence meets black faith leaders after George Floyd death

Mike Pence meets black faith leaders after George Floyd death

Vice President Mike Pence speaking alongside Bishop Harry Jackson of Maryland's mostly black Hope Christian Church in Beltsville.(Photo: YouTube)The church is a good place to start a conversation about healing the racial rift in America, US Vice President Mike Pence has said.Pence met black community and faith leaders for a listening session at a Maryland... Read more

Podcast: A First Step toward Racial Reconciliation (Mark Vroegop)

This article is part of the The Crossway Podcast series. Lament as a First Step In this episode, Mark Vroegop, author of Weep with Me: How Lament Opens the Door for Racial Reconciliation, discusses the challenge of racial reconciliation and how the biblical practice of lament offers Christians from different backgrounds a common language for... Read more

Weekend A La Carte (June 6) – Tim Challies

Today’s Kindle deals include a handful of classics as well as a few newer options. This month’s free audio book from Christian Audio is The Gospel’s Power & Message by Paul Washer. (There are a few other good picks on that page discounted to $4.98) (Yesterday on the blog: An Early-June Family Update) Canceled: How... Read more

We can be angry with Trump and his Bible stunt, but we must be more angry that another black man has been unjustly killed

(Photo: Unsplash/Munshots)I dislike the fact that peaceful protesters were forcibly removed from a Washington park just so that the President of the United States could have a photo op with a Bible in front of a church.This action was deplorably insensitive and flamboyantly hypocritical, even for President Trump.Seeing a man who could hardly be less... Read more

Situation for religious minorities has ‘deteriorated’ during Covid-19

Pakistani Christians protest for greater protection after suicide bomb attacks on two churches in Lahore in March 2015.ReutersParliamentarians and human rights groups have written to the Government warning that the situation for religious minorities around the world has "deteriorated" during the Covid-19 crisis. The letter, sent to Foreign Office Minister Lord Ahmad, says that new trends "closely... Read more

Can the American Gospel save America?

Protesters rally at the White House against the death in Minneapolis police custody of George Floyd, in Washington, D.C., May 31.(Photo: Reuters/Jonathan Ernst)Those of us who love the USA have been watching with a mix of horror and despair as we observe the havoc being wrecked by the racism that was a major cause in... Read more

Dwell Deep | Devotional by Lynn Mosher

Dwell deep. I heard the Lord say. Just as the rains coming down soak deep into the ground, they are yet feeding the soil that brings new life. Therefore, when the rains of life come, dwell deep. New life will come. And the rains come on the just and on the unjust. (Matthew 5:45b NKJV)Lifes... Read more

When the Storm Doesn’t Stop | Devotional by Max Lucado

Jeremiah was depressed, as gloomy as a giraffe with a neck ache. Jerusalem was under siege, his nation under duress. His world collapsed like a sand castle in a typhoon. He faulted God for his horrible emotional distress. He also blamed God for his physical ailments. “[God] has made my flesh and my skin waste... Read more

Why Intercountry Adoption Must Remain a Viable Option

My life is forever transformed because of international adoption. Im an adoptee from Romania. I intimately know the joys and sorrows of adoption, and I carry with me the stories of orphans Ive met in my work. Adoption is deeply complex because it always involves loss and sacrifice. For a birth parent, the loss is... Read more

Unmasking Racism, Starting with Me

Marching alongside thousands of masked protesters, I couldnt help but note the irony in that the goal of this protest was to unmask racism. We mark the civil-rights movement as an inflection point in the war against racial injusticeand rightfully so. But the past few weeks have again reminded us racism hasn’t been conquered, but... Read more

Pearls of Grace – June 6

June 6 Every Good Work, Every Good Word Now may our Lord Jesus Christ Himself and God our Father, who has loved us and given us eternal comfort and good hope by grace, comfort and strengthen your hearts in every good work and word. II Thessalonians 2:16-17 In every good work and in every good... Read more

5 Heartfelt Tributes from Africa #thankyouravi – TGC Africa

There is no doubt that Ravi Zacharias had a deep impact during his life upon Christians the world over. Here are five tributes from African pastors as they reflect on how Ravi-ji and his work guided, shaped and inspired them personally. #thankyouravi KEVIN MURIITHI – KENYA My long-time friend and campus housemate reminded me of... Read more

Transformation Garden – June 6, 2020

Today’s Text and Thought of Encouragement:For His divine power has bestowed upon us all things that are requisite to life and godliness, through the full, personal knowledge of Him who called us by and to His own glory and excellent virtue. By means of these He has bestowed on us His precious and exceedingly great... Read more

The Washington D.C. Mayor Has Re-named the Street in Front of the White House ‘Black Lives Matter Plaza’ | RELEVANT Magazine

Following the death of Trayvon Martin, three women named Alicia Garza, Patrisse Cullors and Opal Tometi began tweeting #blacklivesmatter. What started as a hashtag turned into an ethos, that ethos became a rallying cry, which became a global movement. And now, it’s the road to the White House, literally. On Friday, Washington D.C. Mayor... Read more

Bless Me With Anger at White Supremacy

Yesterday, we laid to rest our dear brother George Floyd. His murder inspired me to contemporized this classic Franciscan prayer for this Kairos moment. May God bless you with holy anger at white supremacy, police brutality, and racial oppression, so that you may tirelessly work for justice, freedom, and peace among all people. May God... Read more

Evaluating the Response of Our Hearts to Racial Injustice

Injustice is the violation of the right or rights of another (Merriam Websters Dictionary). The deaths of George Floyd and Ahmaud Arbery sparked protests again gun and police violence against the African American community. The cries against injustice have been many and vocal across America. Many Christians remain divided as to when and how to... Read more

The Sin of Pride and Why It’s So Deadly

But He giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble. (James 4:6)I dont know about you, but I need Gods grace. The Bible declares that God gives grace freely to humble people but that He opposes the prideful. All of us have experienced opposition in our lives.... Read more

Chicago Pastor Leads Peaceful Protest Through City

Chicago Pastor Leads Peaceful Protest Through City A pastor in Chicago led a peaceful protest earlier this week, calling for an end to police brutality and racism.According to Religion News Service, Rev. Chris Harris, of Bright Star Church in Chicago, organized the peaceful demonstration in which other religious leaders also participated.We showed them... Read more

President Trumps Executive Order Allocates $50M for Global Religious Freedom

President Trumps Executive Order Allocates $50M for Global Religious Freedom President Donald Trump signed an executive order this week that earmarks $50 million for religious freedom programs around the world.CBN News reports that under the order, named Advancing International Religious Freedom, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will create action plans for countries to help eliminate... Read more

A Prayer for Racial Reconciliation

How Do We Make Progress? I think most believers agree that biblical unity is something to pray for and work toward. You probably know that reconciliation between a diverse group of people is a beautiful dream. But is the church marked by a compelling ethnic unity today? Do you know how to make progress toward... Read more

How Church History Can Help You Defend the Faith

Islams Attack on the Trinity The early centuries of the church saw Christianity threatened by a number of theological heresies: Gnosticism, Arianism, and Pelagianism, to name but three. While history never repeats itself exactly, the essence of many of these heresies has reappeared from time to time in the long history of Christianity. For instance,... Read more

Free Stuff Fridays (Boyce College) – Tim Challies

This weeks Free Stuff Friday is sponsored by Boyce College. They are giving 20 away e-tickets to the online D3 Youth Conference June 22-25. Heres how they describe it: During the D3 Youth Conference, students can deepen their relationship with Christ and their community through four days of focused, biblical teaching. D3 is designed to... Read more

The Problem with Saying All Lives Matter | RELEVANT Magazine

Imagine that you wake up late one night to the sound of your home being burglarized. Through the crack in your bedroom door, you see several figures hauling out your television, computers and nice china to their getaway car parked outside. Thinking quickly, you dial 911 on your iPhone. 911, whats your emergency? Help!... Read more

Chinese Police Secretly Install Surveillance Cameras on Church

Chinese Police Secretly Install Surveillance Cameras on Church The pastor of a Chinese church says police last month secretly installed security cameras to monitor the congregations activities and to try and force him to stop preaching, according to a new report.Pastor Ma Chao of the Guangfu house church in Guangdong province told China... Read more

DNA Analysis of Dead Sea Scrolls Leads to Discovery

DNA Analysis of Dead Sea Scrolls Leads to Discovery Israeli researchers have made a breakthrough discovery about the origin of the Dead Sea Scrolls, following an intense seven-year study.CBN News reports that the study involved DNA samples taken from the ancient manuscripts. The results showed that some of them were written far off in... Read more

National Christian Resources Exhibition postponed until October 2021

(Photo: CRE)This year's national Christian Resources Exhibition has been pushed back a year because of coronavirus. Organisers said the annual event would now be taking place from 12 to 14 October 2021 because of ongoing restrictions around largescale indoor events.CRE National is one of the biggest annual Christian events in UK, bringing together hundreds of ministries... Read more

Gunmen Kill 27 in Predominantly Christian Villages in Mali

Gunmen Kill 27 in Predominantly Christian Villages in Mali Attacks by armed gunmen on motorcycles left 27 dead in attacks on three villages in central Mali last week. Many of the deceased were shot or burned alive, the New York Times reports.The attacks took place over a 24-hour period last week as mainly... Read more

Breonna Taylor’s Case Has Been Reopened | RELEVANT Magazine

The family of Breonna Tayloris getting another shot at justice. On Thursday, the FBI announced a new investigation into just what happened on March 13 whenpolice attempted to execute a “no-knock” warrant, shooting and killing the frontline worker while she slept in her home with her boyfriend Kenneth Walker. According to a wrongful death... Read more

Hong Kong needs a miracle, says retired cardinal

(Photo: Unsplash/Ryan McManimie)As Beijing continues to tighten its control of Hong Kong, Cardinal Joseph Zen says the former British colony needs a miracle. The retired Archbishop of Hong Kong and outspoken critic of the Chinese Communist Party told Crux that he was "very worried" about developments in the territory as Beijing pursues a new national security law. "We... Read more

An Early-June Family Update – Tim Challies

It occurred to me the other day that it has been almost three months since I shook anyones handor had any other form of physical contact with any person who is not in my family. And I think the last hand I shook was Paul Washers. The last day I was out of the house... Read more

Bishop hopes Government ‘will see sense’ over re-opening of churches

(Photo: Unsplash/Kyler Nixon)The Catholic Bishop of Plymouth has said he hopes the Government "will see sense" and allow church buildings to re-open to the public soon. Bishop Mark O'Toole said in a pastoral message to commemorate St Boniface on Friday, that the saint's steadfast faith in spite of life's trials was a model for believers "during... Read more

Pastor wins religious discrimination case over gay comments

Rev George HargreavesThe pastor who penned Sinitta's hit song "So Macho" has won a religious discrimination case at employment tribunal. Rev George Hargreaves claimed he was shunned at work after an exchange with a colleague about homosexuality. When his colleague, Elizabeth Akano, commented that "people are born gay", Rev Hargreaves told her that "paedophiles make the same... Read more

The Deaf face unique challenges during COVID-19

International (MNN) — Along with the rest of society, Deaf people are struggling during pandemic lockdowns. But the Deaf struggle during COVID-19 comes with unique challenges. For one, most masks are not Deaf-friendly, since many Deaf or hard-of-hearing individuals rely on lip-reading along with sign language. Some masks are being produced or used at hospitals... Read more

The Least of These | Devotionals by Suzanne Benner

For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me. Matthew 25:35-36 Everyone wants to do something... Read more